9780567157737

Critical Thinking and Language The Challenge of Generic Skills and Disciplinary Discourses

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  • ISBN13:

    9780567157737

  • ISBN10:

    0567157733

  • Edition: Reprint
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2013-05-23
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
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Summary

This book clarifies the idea of critical thinking by investigating the 'critical' practices of academics across a range of disciplines. Drawing on key theorists - Wittgenstein, Geertz, Williams, Halliday - and using a 'textographic' approach, the book explores how the concept of critical thinking is understood by academics and also how it is constructed discursively in the texts and practices they employ in their teaching.

Critical thinking is one of the most widely discussed concepts in debates on university learning. For many, the idea of teaching students to be critical thinkers characterizes more than anything else the overriding purpose of 'higher education'. But whilst there is general agreement about its importance as an educational ideal, there is surprisingly little agreement about what the concept means exactly. Also at issue is how and what students need to be taught in order to be properly critical in their field. This searching monograph seeks answers to these important questions.

Author Biography

Tim John Moore is a Senior Lecturer at the Swinburne University of Technology, Australia and an Adjunct Research Associate at Monash University, Australia

Table of Contents

1. Introduction: the problem of critical thinking \ 2. Critical Thinking: history, definitions, issues \ 3. In Search of Critical Thinking \ 4. The Ineffability of Critical Thinking \ 5. Critical Thinking: the disciplinary dimension \ 6. Critical Thinking: so what is it? \ 7. Conclusions & Implications for Teaching \ Bibliography \ Index

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